Republican Lawmakers Support Tennesseans With Intellectual Or Developmental Disabilities

This week, Republican leaders advanced legislation that improves the quality of care that Tennesseans with intellectual or developmental disabilities receive while eliminating burdensome regulations on their caregivers.

House Bill 951 — which is part of the governor’s legislative package — removes licensure requirements for citizens who provide direct care to a group of no more than three people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in a Medicaid home or community-based services program. The overall goal is to increase the quality of care available, so these important groups are empowered to live successfully in their communities.

This critical legislation will now head to the House Health Committee and is expected to be heard by committee members on Tuesday, March 5.